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SERVPRO of West Greenville Mold Myths & Facts
At SERVPRO of West Greenville County we have mold remediation services. Most of the time it’s in an un-used part of the home like a basement or attic.
Some customers try to handle the project themselves and find that the mold comes back a few weeks later. Here are some myths & facts about mold and the dangers. If you think you have mold, you should contact SERVPRO of West Greenville County to discuss the plans of actions.
MYTH NO. 1 BLEACH KILLS MOLD?
Liquid bleach is a solution of chlorine in water, usually 6 percent sodium hypochlorite, thus 94 percent water. Smearing bleach on mold may appear to kill it, but the effect is superficial and very temporary. Once the chlorine is gone - and it evaporates rapidly - what's left is all that water, feeding the mold.
There are many chemicals that kill mold. They're called biocides.
MYTH No. 2 'Toxic' Mold is the only dangerous type of mold.
"Toxic" mold or "black" mold is often touted by the hucksters in the mold industry as being the one that can cause health effects, the one you must eliminate. This is pure scare tactic.
Yes, there are some strains of mold that seem to be more toxic than others. But there is no such thing as good mold, or even tolerable mold, unless you like stinky cheese. Mold in your home is a problem, because it signifies a moisture problem. Moisture inside your home enables mold growth, and it can also lead to rot, threatening the structure itself.
On top of that, any mold problem that's allowed to continue often will pave the way for the dreaded "black mold." The most infamous "black mold," stachybotrys chartarum, is what's known as a tertiary mold. It's very slow to develop and usually follows earlier mold growths, actually feeding off the previous mold colony.
MYTH No. 3, Homeowners can properly remediate mold themselves?
Homeowners are not trained or knowledgeable about mold enough to properly remediate the damages, most times homeowners cause more damage when they don’t hire a professional. Most of the errors are in the contamination process. Not using vapor barriers or the proper equipment to clean the air during removal stages. When it’s not properly sectioned off, they can cross contaminate mold threw other area of the home that previously did not have mold spores.
Fact No. 1 : Mold is everywhere and mold problems exist indoors in every climate.
Mold is, literally, everywhere on the planet, in every climate. A house in the Mojave Desert can have a mold problem as easily as one in Florida or New Orleans.
Mold needs three things to thrive: moisture, food, and the right temperature. Moisture can collect in walls, attics and crawl spaces in the driest of climates with a little help, such as a roof or siding leak, plumbing flaw, and pressure differentials created by air conditioning, or even a poorly vented bathroom.
Food for mold is pretty much everything we build with and everything we own. Mold loves household dust... even in the kitchen sink. And the warmth mold needs is the same temperature range humans prefer.
Bottom line: Every home has mold but not every home has a mold problem. If you think you might have a mold problem, don't ignore it. Get help.
Fact No. 2 Home inspectors don't know mold.
Home inspectors - the ones who check out a house prior to sale - are generally ignorant about mold. Many inspectors will see mold and ignore it because there's no rot or obvious moisture. Others may not see it at all.
If you think you have mold in your property, call a professional remediation company like SERVPRO of West Greenville County – (864) 292-8570!
Mold Safety Tips
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of West Greenville County for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of West Greenville County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 864-292-8570
Need Mold Remediation? Call SERVPRO of West Greenville County Today!
SERVPRO of West Greenville County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our highly trained technicians can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency. We are a locally owned and operated restoration company and are trusted leaders in the industry.
Mold remediation is something that needs to be taken very seriously and should be done by professionals. SERVPRO of West Greenville County has technicians with trained experience in mold remediation who can handle any job no matter how big or small. Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:
- Emergency Contact - 864-292-8570
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Mold is the last thing you want in your home or commercial building. If you suspect there is mold in your home do not be afraid to call SERVPRO of West Greenville County at 864-292-8570!
Why SERVPRO of West Greenville County?
SERVPRO of West Greenville is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies.
IICRC Certified Firms must
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops the Standards for the Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
About SERVPRO of West Greenville
SERVPRO of West Greenville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Why SERVPRO of West Greenville County
SERVPRO of West Greenville County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and fix the issue as soon as possible. SERVPRO of West Greenville County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of West Greenville County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of West Greenville County.
Serving West Greenville County since 2016, SERVPRO of West Greenville County takes great pride in doing our part to ensure the community is the best it can be.
SERVPRO and Mold Remidiation
An apartment in Greenville, SC experienced mold growth earlier this year and SERVPRO was called to help. The mold was found in the master bedroom and the master bedroom closet. We completed an inspection and started to remediate immediately. In just one day SERVPRO of West Greenville County had completed the mold remediation process. The owner said she was very pleased with the job SERVPRO had completed.
Mold can spread extremely fast in your home or business. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and asses your property. We will use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. SERVPRO of West Greenville County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals and will be sure to do the best job possible.
Call 864-292-8570 today if you need mold remediation completed.
SERVPRO of West Greenville County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of West Greenville County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 864-292-8570
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of West Greenville County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of West Greenville County
SERVPRO of West Greenville County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Does Your West Greenville Home Have a Mold Problem?
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
Mold can spread quickly in your home or business in as little as 48 hours. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of West Greenville County Today- 864-292-8570
Water Damage Restoration 24/7
This is an after photo from a bathroom that experienced water damage.
Last week the West Greenville County experienced a lot of rain. We know the effects heavy rain and storms can have on your home.
If you experienced any water damage last week call SERVPRO of West Greenville County today. We are a 24/7 restoration service that specializes and water damage restoration.
Whether your home was damaged from rain, or a pipe breaking, we are here to help you. We have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. The water removal and water cleanup process is completed by our highly-trained technicians who will document the drying process. This validates that your property has been dried properly and thoroughly.
SERVPRO of West Greenville is here to help you and your home or commercial building. Call us today if you have experienced water damage.
January CEO Award
SERVPRO of West Greenville County is proud to announce that we were awarded the January CEO Award. The CEO Award is given to individuals who go above and beyond to help create an excellent organization each month. We are so proud of Johnny and Valerie Lee.
Thank you to everyone for the support and trust you have in our company.This recognition symbolizes the determination that our team members have to work in unity to achieve success personally and professionally. The saying with SERVPRO of West Greenville County is, “Our customers best interest and satisfactions comes first”. We are very proud of our entire team for the continue efforts they put forth every day and especially during busy times to make this happen.
If you have water damage or need any kind of restoration completed at your home or commercial office call us today!